servile

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin servīlis, from servus (slave).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈsɜː(ɹ).ˌvaɪl/
    • (file)
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈsəɹ.vəl/, /ˈsəɹ.ˌvaɪl/

Adjective[edit]

servile (comparative more servile, superlative most servile)

  1. of or pertaining to a slave.
    • 1703, Alexander Pope, transl., “The Thebais of Statius”, in The Works of Alexander Pope, London: H. Lintont et al., published 1751:
      Even fortune rules no more, O servile land!
  2. submissive or slavish.
    servile flattery; servile obedience
  3. (grammar) Not belonging to the original root.
    a servile letter
  4. (grammar) Not sounded, but serving to lengthen the preceding vowel, like the e in tune.

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Noun[edit]

servile (plural serviles)

  1. (grammar) An element which forms no part of the original root.
  2. A slave; a menial.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin servīlis.

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Adjective[edit]

servile (plural serviles)

  1. servile, slavish, subservient

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Italian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin servīlis.

Adjective[edit]

servile

  1. servile

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Latin[edit]

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Etymology 1[edit]

Neuter adverbial accusative use of servīlis (servile, slavish).

Adverb[edit]

servīle (comparative servīlius, superlative servīlissimē)

  1. (rare) like a slave, slavishly, servilely
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Etymology 2[edit]

Adjective[edit]

servīle

  1. nominative neuter singular of servīlis
  2. accusative neuter singular of servīlis
  3. vocative neuter singular of servīlis